The most common pain disorders are long-term or chronic pain in the back, joints and head. The pain may be caused by an injury, a serious infection or be the result of surgery. It may also be caused by diseases such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and nerve damage.
Back pain affects about eight out of 10 people and may be the result of an injury or the natural result of aging. Back pain often occurs in the workplace. The most common reason for chronic back pain is a slipped disc. This usually happens because you try to lift something too heavy or your back was twisted during a fall or injury. It usually happens in the lower back and may cause leg pain.
Chronic headache pain may be caused by eyestrain, nervous disorders or muscle tension. It may also be the result of neck or shoulder injuries. Cluster headaches are considered the most painful medical condition and may be more painful than a severe migraine. Since there are several causes of headaches, our specialist may ask if the pain is only on one side of the head, if it starts in the neck, if it is worse in the evenings and if it is sensitive to sound or light.
Neuropathy is chronic pain caused by the nerves. The pain is often described as a stabbing or burning feeling. It is common for diabetic patients. It occurs when there is nerve damage to the hands and feet, but it may also occur when nerves are overstimulated because of an injury and send pain messages to the brain where it is not necessary. Our specialist may conduct tests to see the exact place where you have nerve damage.
Shingles is a very painful condition that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You may have a rash or many small blisters on one side of your body, often occurring around the waistline. The pain may be so severe that even a slight breeze against the affected area can be excruciating.
Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that may last for years if it is not treated. In some cases, it is impossible to move the arm above the head and in extreme cases, it becomes painful just to brush the teeth. It may occur after an injury and is common in people with diabetes.
Arthritis is a common cause of severe pain. The pain is in the joints of the fingers, knees, wrists or hips. Some types of arthritis can actually damage the joints such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoarthritis.
Many people experience some type of chronic pain in their life. Some types of pain disorders can be cured and other types need constant treatment. Our specialist at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City can help determine the cause of your pain and find a treatment.